Are Water Sports Thrilling Or Scary?

My friends would call me an athlete. In fact, I spent my youth dedicated to sports. I love racing but I also transition every couple of years to other types of sports so I don’t get tired of being dedicated to just one. I love snowboarding, skateboarding, and about five years ago, “got into” surfing. Along with surfing came canoeing and kayaking.

Since I used to live 10 minutes away from a lake and 25 minutes from the ocean, I had some amazing choices. I would spend most weekends witnessing sunrise from my surfboard which is one of the Godliest experiences you can have while alive. I recommend it to everyone.

If it wasn’t surfing, then I would join my friends boating or kayaking in the lake which is a lot of fun as well. In fact, one of my friends who recently purchased the folding, origami Oru Bay Kayak, got me into it. I remember the first time I got into a canoe with him, in fact.

My Intro To Boating

My buddy had invited me a handful of other guys (our typical basketball crew) for a picnic at his house. We were fully stocked with drinks, we prepped the grill and slapped some burgers on it, and his girlfriend was helping us all set things up. We had a delicious meal, cracked a few jokes, packed up his jeep with the Oru and a couple of other kayaks and headed to the nearby lake I mentioned before.

I used to have a great fear of water (I should have mentioned this earlier) and while I have become comfortable with being in the water, the fear has me on edge at times. When my friend, Chris, encouraged me to get into his Oru and to “take it for a spin”, I was reluctant.

But before I get into that, I found it fascinated that this thing can be literally folded and unfolded within minutes. When Chris told me how much it cost, I sort of understood why. Just really cool stuff!

Anyway, I got in; I’m a tall enough guy around six feet. I felt comfortable in it and once I got situated, it was pretty neat! After ten minutes of fussing around, I was able to steer the kayak very rhythmically. In fact, my buddies gave me a hard time because they wanted to try the Oru for themselves (even though we came with two other inflatable boat options).

I still remember that day fondly because my friend sold his place. We are still in touch with each other and hang out a couple of times a year but I am also involved in a start-up which takes a lot of my time. Soon, he is getting married so we are all looking forward to the bachelor party that I am in charge of, as well as the wedding itself.

Anyway, I am still afraid of the water but the thrill of water sports keeps me going during the summer months. Nothing is as cool as catching a surf with dolphins swimming within 30 feet of you.

How I Became A Tech Fan

Since I am a geek, I love spending my paychecks on all things electronics; you name it, and I have indulged. When I was a child, I envied all the other children that had their Nintendos, Super Nintendos, Segas, handheld systems, and way more. Of course, I was too young to understand that my parents were not only working full-time to make ends meet and to put wholesome food on our table, but that they were also working overtime.

Growing up, there were four of us. As a teenager growing up in a low income household, I felt deprived. Truth of the matter is, we had at least two meals a day, a lunch packed, used clothes but clothes nevertheless, and electric and water on (well, most of the time).

It was the 8 year old me who told myself that when I grew up, I would have the coolest gadgets ever. I told myself I own not one but two Nintendo systems and everything else that came out. Funny how a child’s mind works, huh? It’s also hilarious, the things that really hurt us… propel us forward in life as well.

my beautiful ps 4

Fast Forward…Back TO The Present

Now, at every launch, I reserve my video gaming systems as well as any video games, iPhones, or other gadgets I want to own. My friends seem to think I have a problem, but hey, everyone has something they indulge in, correct?

In their case, it can be drugs or alcohol or food or shoes; in my case, video games and technical gadgets. If I can afford it and it is not causing any harm to others, I find no harm in this.

One of the websites I love to visit regularly is Campad Electronics where I find the most reliable iPhone accessories for a great price. Better yet, whenever I’ve had any problems, which is a rarity, I have found the customer service to be fast and responsive (which let us face it, is half the problem!)

Now, it’s not all bad: I do loath the sedentary lifestyle! I make sure to hit the gym one hour a day, every day. Ever two weeks, I make sure to spend extra time in the gym because both my grandfather and grandmother suffer from heart attacks and diabetes also runs in the family. I realize that video gaming can hinder my health but I believe in balancing your lifestyle.

Just because I love buying the newest in the world of technology does NOT mean I spend hours and hours glued to the couch. In fact, it is quite the opposite!

People love to blame technology but I believe that is a simplistic view: all these advances also have great benefits. It all depends on how you use these technological advances. Sure, you can spend the day looking at cat memes or you can build an online business; you can waste time on Facebook or build your own brand on the same platform. You can play Candy Crush all day or learn to code online for free!

Anyway, now you know some personal stuff about me!

The Stigmas Associated With Medicinal Marijuana

There is so much stigma attached to the usage of recreational and medicinal marijuana that it makes it difficult for individuals to be feel comfortable using it. Consider alcohol on the other hand: year after year, people die from car collisions due to drunk drivers. There is so much obvious harm in drinking alcohol that if you consider the reasons marijuana is not more widely accepted, it all sounds ridiculous.

While one can consider the obvious benefits of drinking alcohol, which is to relax, there really is nothing beneficial about this activity. A lot of people start doing it due to peer or social pressure, to fit in. However, scratch beneath the surface and marijuana wins in this category.

medicinal marijuana stigma

The Many Benefits Of Medicinal Marijuana

While recreational uses of marijuana can not be denied, the benefits of medicinal marijuana are still being studied. Studies are already showing that medicinal marijuana can calm down seizures in patients who have epilepsy; in some extreme cases, for whatever reason, noticeably so.

Medicinal marijuana can also be used to “calm the nerves” or to help with anxiety attacks (also known as panic attacks). Traditional medicines that are used for anxiety attacks such as Hydroxyzine or Xanax have other side effects which patients may not be happy with. For instance, Hydroxyzine is great for calming down nausea and heart palpitations but also will cause extreme drowsiness. This can make it dangerous for someone to take a pill if they have to drive, have work in a few hours, or have to take care of young children. Similarly, Xanax has other side effects that may not suit some patients while other patients may be perfectly happy taking it. An alternative medicine for this can easily be medical marijuana.

Another serious use for this amazing plant based drug is for cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy. A cruel side effect of chemotherapy is that patients lose hunger due to nausea induced by the treatment; lack of hunger leads to dramatic weight loss which is not good for cancer patients.

In such cases, medicinal marijuana has been the perfect solution.

While this is a wonderful drug for a lot of illnesses to be treated properly with, the stigma attached to medicinal marijuana may lead to embarrassment or shame for the patient using it. Due to the legality of it in some States in the US, however, opinions of the drug are changing and tides are shifting. For instance, this San Diego marijuana delivery dispensary is the first legal one of its kind to have opened up in its space. It is helping change the attitude people have towards its product by providing a clean and safe environment for its patients. However, if a patient does not want to step outside for any reason and come into the store for their purchase, A Green Alternative also provides an app which can be used to order “for delivery”. No longer are patients forced to go into the store unless they feel like it.

Everyone Should Start Their Own Business

Note: This is an article written by one of my really good friends. I love it and decided to publish it here, as motivation 🙂 Enjoy!

When I started my own business, I had no idea what I was getting into. I was just excited about selling skateboards and surfboards. Ever since I was young, I loved these two sports. I even picked up inline skating and skiing, though the first two would remain my first, hardcore passions. I not only used to be on some type of board all week long, but my friend would come to me for advice all the time. I would read magazines, watch videos, all that good stuff…

i love to surf!

Your Typical Wanderlust

I have traveled and surfed in some amazing spots and have made amazing friends all over the world. In that sense, call me your typical wanderlust. In my last two years of college, I started picking up used boards and customizing them. I’d refine and wax the boards, then create customizations such as art work as well as replace wheels. It all started when one of my football friends stopped by my dorm before we headed out. He asked me where I got the skateboard and if I would sell it to him; he was in love with the look of it. I sold it to him for $99 after about two hours of work. Really, the work wasn’t even work! This was amazing compared to working for $9 per hour around the corner at the hot restaurant.

The Realization: My Hobby Is A Paying Business…

I realized I could make so much more for so much less time and doing things I enjoyed. I had the brilliant idea of selling refurbished and recycled skateboards and surfboards. If I sold around 7-10 per month, it would cover my costs easily.

The start was slow. In fact, it took about six months for word to get around that I was selling some dope equipment and boards. In fact, soon, I started dreaming about a shop of my very own after I graduated. However, I soon found out that my clients were running out so I opened up an Ebay shop, used the local classifieds, the college magazine, and several local online forums to advertise my products.

The more avenues I used for marketing my products, the more my sales would remain consistent. I didn’t realize it at the time but I was putting my business degree to a use: I was launching a business and a successful one at that! How many people do that in their early years and figure things out? That’s not to say that each month I broke over $500… however, there would be a few rarities where I’d break over $1100; so then, those would make up for the lower income months and balance things out, thankfully!

Today, I’m A Success Story To My Friends 🙂

Fast forward to today, I own two shops where I sell inline skates, skateboards, and surfboards. We also offer rentals and more services to keep things in check. I did a grand opening about three months ago where we hired fire entertainers to put on an awesome show for the crowd outside. It definitely got things started right and exposed our brand to a whole new set of eager people walking around. We tossed in some delicious, free food bites and kids and adults were equally excited. I took time out and greeted people as well.

I firmly believe that our children should be taught the essential skill of selling from a young age and I love the idea of a “launching businesses” course for high school students.

Life Should Be A Summer Adventure!

I don’t only care for racing; I love all types of sports. The more adrenaline rush, the better. For instance, two years ago, me and friends camped for two weeks in national parks in California, hiking to our hearts content! We would make pit stops as needed, do the awesome herbal stuff, get drunk, chat, cook burgers, steaks, vegetables, corn, s’mores, eggs, beans and so much more over a bonfire. A good 10 days of that!

The Route!

Here is how the route started: we started by picking up a friend in my other friend’s car… in Mexico, two hours from the border. We stayed there for two days. I had the opportunity to go surfing with my friend, his brother, and his cousins. I thought I was a decent surfer but, wow! These guys could run circles around me! After those couple of days, I have so much respect for them. In fact, I got into slight trouble as the board kind of hit my temple and while I didn’t lose any consciousness, I felt relieved that such experienced swimmers and surfers were around me. An experience of a lifetime and I am craving it right now, as I detail it here.

The next thing we did was enter the United States through California, of course, my beloved home state! Upon meeting new people, I am most often told that I must be a “Cali Kid”. It’s funny because I recognize it in others as well, especially my childhood friends. It is not just our skin cased hair and skin; it is also our carefree demeanor in which we skate through life! Also, of course, most of us surf, camp, skateboard, or are, in the simplest terms, in love with life!

Back In Escondido, CA…

Back to the trip. Our next stop was Escondido, at my sister’s house, close enough to San Diego, my old stomping grounds (and hopefully, in the near future again). I will never forget this trip because due to the multiple vets in Escondido CA; my sister’s 12 year old cat was throwing up constantly at an alarming rate. I love that cat as well and when my sister was at work, I actually took her in to the vet myself. Other than that, lots of time with my niece and nephew and again, we spent time surfing and at local bars with hot women. San Diego has a beautiful, diverse crowd and you will see some of the hottest women you will come across whether you are working out in nature or hanging at bars as we were. Can’t help but appreciate!

Next, we drove all the way up the coast visiting iconic places such as Big Sur (where we camped as well and checked out giant trees!), and before that, San Diego, San Jose, and all the smaller spots around LA, on the outskirts. I loved the whole experience and these guys are like brothers now. When my credit card was declined because I was “out of the usual area”, these boys didn’t hesitate to pay for me. When I tweaked my back, they set up the bonfire on the beach, made us all burgers, and what an amazing time we had, just enjoying the simplest thing in life.

Now that I have a full-time job, I look back at these experiences and reminisce on the good times. It also has me thinking about what I want to do long term because I don’t want to die for an unreliable paycheck that has me indoors 9-5 without a passionate purpose. I want to enjoy life, as I did that one summer!

friendships

Here is to living life with a purpose, road trips, California, and true friendships.

NEWS

timthumb3NEW FOR THE 2012 RACING SEASON. THUNDER MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY WILL HAVE A PARTS TRUCK AT THE SPEEDWAY EACH AND EVERY RACE NIGHT TO ACCOMADATE ALL RACERS IN ALL CLASSES. WE WILL ALSO HAVE RENEGADE RACING FUEL ON HAND AS WELL! WE WILL HAVE AVALIABLE 98, 108, 108 RAT MAN, 110, AND 116 OCTANE FUEL FOR YOUR CONVENENCE AS WELL AS RACING ALCOHOL.

OK GUYS AND GALS HERE IS WHAT YOU BEEN WAITING FOR!! PRACTICE IS SET FOR APRIL,14TH FROM 2PM UNTIL 6PM WITH GENERAL ADMISSION AT $5.00 BUCKS AND $10.00 FOR PITS. OPENING NIGHT WILL BE APRIL 28th. WE HAVE A LOT OF GOOD THINGS PLANNED FOR THIS RACING SEASON AND HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!! NEW TENATIVE SCHEDULE HAS BEEN POSTED BUT PLEASE KEEP A CHECK ON IT DUE TO SPECIAL EVENTS BEING ADDED.

2012 season will be here before we know it!!!! RESERVED PARKING PERMITS will go on sale January 9, 2012. Current holders will have until January 9 to keep their spot. After that date all spots left will be available for purchase. the fee for a 2012 parking permit is $250.00. You will need to come by the office to pay for your spot.

Hatfield McCoy Now Thunder Mountain Speedway!

2011 IS THE OPENING SEASON FOR THUNDER MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY. THE OLD FACILITY CLOSED IN 2005, EVERYTHING RUINED AND HAD TO BE COMPLETELY REBUILT THIS WINTER TO PREPARE FOR THE SPRING 2011 OPENING. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR SUPPORT. OUR MAIN GOAL AT TMS IS TO PROVIDE RACERS AND FANS A QUALITY FAMILY FUN ENTERTAINMENT VENUE HERE IN SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA.

WE WILL BE UPDATING OUR WEBSITE AS NEW INFORMATION DEVELOPS. PLEASE CHECK IT OUT FOR ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE. IF THE INFORMATION YOU NEED IS NOT AVAILABLE, THEN CHECK OUT OUR CONTACT INFORMATION. STAY TUNED….!!!!!!!!!

Thunder Mountain Speedway Set To Roar To Life

Thunder Mountain Speedway LogoHanover, WV — New dirt race track to open Spring 2011. Heath Ellis, Owner of Thunder Mountain Speedway, LLC, opened the 4/10 mile dirt track located at Lizard Creek in Wyoming County. The race track was originally operated as Hatfield McCoy Speedway from 1997 to 2005. Construction has already started and plans are set to open Spring 2011. Plans for the new facility are to have a new grandstand seating area, new concessions with restroom facilities in the pit area and alongside the grandstand. Ellis stated that his goal is to bring good quality family fun to Southern WV and Wyoming County. Ellis said, “Basically everything had to be torn down and we have had to start over.” Plans are to run a crate engine semi late model class in 2011 and hope to gain Fastrak sanctioning in time for the 2011 season. Ellis stated “The Fastrak Racing Series is an affordable semi late model class that offers a level playing field for its competitors and many tracks nationally are running this series. The points carry into a regional system and the drivers are actually competing in a point system along with drivers at other tracks. Fastrak brings a lot of excitement for the fans and competitors and is the series that we need to have on board.

First, we need to get the race track rebuilt and get the image brought up to par before any sanctioning body will get involved.” Other classes being considered include open wheel modified, super street, street stock and the 4 cylinder class. Ellis states that the track plans to incorporate the raceceiver radios as a mandatory requirement. “It is our goal that the races run as smooth as possible for the drivers and the fans, communication with the officials will allow the drivers to have a better understanding of the lineup and they will be informed of what is going on on the track. This should save time and help ensure a good show for the fans.” Ellis said, “I am very excited to have Jeremy involved, we have been working for a while to make this a reality for the community. We both share the same ideas and have the same goal to make Thunder Mountain Speedway an enjoyable experience for the fans and drivers. We also plan to promote the Saturday night racing as entertainment for the trail riders that come to visit our community. There is not much for them to do right now after the sun goes down.

We also encourage local businesses to contact us to get involved as well, auto racing is a great marketing tool to promote any business. Involvement from local businesses and government can help ensure success for the entire community and that is the approach we want to take. The main goal is to provide a quality family entertainment venue that folks can be proud and want to be a part of.” Firethorne Marketing is constructing a web site loaded with information about the new race track, but is not expected to be operational until mid Jan. 2011. For those seeking any additional information on track rules or business advertising opportunities, you may call 304-664-2620. Businesses who want to get involved are encouraged to call early so they may be promoted on the track website in Jan. 2011. An opening date is scheduled for Spring 2011, however Ellis stated “We will not open until both Jeremy and I feel we are ready and everything is in place and we feel like we are prepared as best as we can be. We want it to be a good experience, we want everyone to have fun and if we stick with that, then the fans will come back. Unless we have a really bad winter, I expect the green flag should drop in May 2011.”